Northampton woman, 90, robbed of WW1 medals at knifepoint

1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals
Image caption The armed robber took the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals

A robber threatened a 90-year-old woman at knifepoint and stole World War One medals belonging to her late father.

The masked man entered the woman's home in Debdale Road, Northampton between 08:30 and 09:00 GMT on Sunday.

The stolen medals include a 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals, and a World War Two Burma Star, which belonged to the victim's late husband.

Det Insp Ally White, of Northamptonshire Police, said: "This really is a horrible incident."

He added: "Not only is the victim elderly, but the callous offender has attacked her in her own home, at Christmas, and stolen things that have immense sentimental value to her."

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £2,000 for information.

The robber was white, about 6ft and of slim build, police said. He was in his mid 20s and was wearing black clothing.

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